Counties with the most veterans in Virginia

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July 4, 2022
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Counties with the most veterans in Virginia

There are roughly 19 million veterans living in the U.S., according to data from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Though, the VA anticipates the percentage of the U.S. population with military experience will continue to decline over the next couple of decades—by 2046, it expects the number of living U.S. veterans to decrease by 35%.

Stacker compiled a list of the counties with the most veterans in Virginia using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by the highest percent of residents that are veterans based on the Census’ 2020 5-year estimate.

California, Texas, and Florida are home to the most veterans, and Wyoming, Vermont, and Washington D.C. home to the least. American veterans live in virtually all of the country’s 3,142 counties.

Keep reading to see where the most veterans live in your home state.

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#50. Botetourt County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.9% (2,663 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 57
--- Korean War: 210
--- Vietnam War: 1,071
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 406
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 348
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#49. Clarke County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.9% (1,151 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 19
--- Korean War: 105
--- Vietnam War: 349
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 320
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 224
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#48. Page County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.9% (1,893 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 73
--- Korean War: 175
--- Vietnam War: 729
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 391
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 272
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#47. Cumberland County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 9.9% (785 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 12
--- Korean War: 79
--- Vietnam War: 268
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 180
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 160
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#46. King William County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.0% (1,310 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 30
--- Korean War: 80
--- Vietnam War: 408
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 496
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 238
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#45. Chesterfield County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.0% (26,375 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 740
--- Korean War: 1,603
--- Vietnam War: 8,095
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 7,987
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 6,864
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#44. Amelia County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.0% (1,024 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 0
--- Korean War: 61
--- Vietnam War: 371
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 230
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 156
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#43. Sussex County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.1% (957 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 23
--- Korean War: 41
--- Vietnam War: 221
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 357
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 323
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#42. Powhatan County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.2% (2,447 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 0
--- Korean War: 107
--- Vietnam War: 849
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 435
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 640
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#41. Charles City County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.2% (605 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 3
--- Korean War: 15
--- Vietnam War: 346
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 90
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 69
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#40. Northampton County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.5% (995 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 23
--- Korean War: 88
--- Vietnam War: 299
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 275
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 272
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#39. Dinwiddie County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.7% (2,431 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 4
--- Korean War: 48
--- Vietnam War: 967
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 799
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 472
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#38. Rappahannock County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.8% (644 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 65
--- Korean War: 101
--- Vietnam War: 249
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 167
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 67
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#37. Bedford County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.8% (6,830 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 146
--- Korean War: 700
--- Vietnam War: 2,776
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 1,211
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 847
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#36. New Kent County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.8% (1,925 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 0
--- Korean War: 71
--- Vietnam War: 832
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 578
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 261
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#35. Northumberland County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 10.9% (1,130 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 0
--- Korean War: 153
--- Vietnam War: 552
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 100
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 98
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#34. Lunenburg County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 11.0% (1,086 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 8
--- Korean War: 47
--- Vietnam War: 432
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 174
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 115
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#33. Fredericksburg

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 11.1% (2,550 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 0
--- Korean War: 89
--- Vietnam War: 783
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 1,022
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 960
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#32. Southampton County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 11.4% (1,637 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 31
--- Korean War: 64
--- Vietnam War: 549
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 520
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 329
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#31. Fauquier County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 11.6% (6,274 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 101
--- Korean War: 344
--- Vietnam War: 1,997
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 2,254
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 1,759
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#30. Louisa County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 12.0% (3,505 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 52
--- Korean War: 103
--- Vietnam War: 1,274
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 978
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 764
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#29. Orange County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 12.3% (3,550 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 31
--- Korean War: 305
--- Vietnam War: 997
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 978
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 1,247
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#28. Caroline County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 12.4% (2,697 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 13
--- Korean War: 87
--- Vietnam War: 773
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 823
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 529
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#27. Highland County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 12.4% (235 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 8
--- Korean War: 8
--- Vietnam War: 110
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 8
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 12
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#26. Hopewell

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 12.4% (2,049 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 0
--- Korean War: 61
--- Vietnam War: 473
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 726
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 746
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#25. Prince William County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 12.6% (42,131 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 243
--- Korean War: 1,410
--- Vietnam War: 9,470
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 19,765
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 17,055
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#24. Gloucester County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 12.7% (3,758 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 81
--- Korean War: 169
--- Vietnam War: 1,302
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 1,208
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 877
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#23. Westmoreland County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 12.7% (1,828 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 35
--- Korean War: 99
--- Vietnam War: 606
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 486
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 397
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#22. Franklin

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 12.8% (769 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 35
--- Korean War: 52
--- Vietnam War: 253
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 262
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 196
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#21. Mathews County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 12.9% (956 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 13
--- Korean War: 62
--- Vietnam War: 314
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 242
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 98
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#20. Lancaster County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 12.9% (1,164 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 98
--- Korean War: 167
--- Vietnam War: 499
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 184
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 81
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#19. Middlesex County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 13.1% (1,171 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 25
--- Korean War: 286
--- Vietnam War: 384
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 170
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 125
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#18. Galax

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 13.5% (644 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 0
--- Korean War: 39
--- Vietnam War: 237
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 264
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 284
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#17. Spotsylvania County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 14.1% (14,173 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 190
--- Korean War: 530
--- Vietnam War: 3,528
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 6,403
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 4,624
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#16. Isle of Wight County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 14.3% (4,151 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 63
--- Korean War: 186
--- Vietnam War: 1,091
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 1,628
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 1,338
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#15. Portsmouth

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 14.5% (10,023 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 138
--- Korean War: 413
--- Vietnam War: 2,552
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 3,118
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 3,771
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#14. Colonial Heights

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 14.9% (1,976 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 48
--- Korean War: 117
--- Vietnam War: 629
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 630
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 524
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#13. Norfolk

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 14.9% (24,989 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 275
--- Korean War: 858
--- Vietnam War: 5,394
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 8,159
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 12,324
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#12. Newport News

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 15.2% (19,585 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 145
--- Korean War: 405
--- Vietnam War: 4,725
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 6,605
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 7,671
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#11. Surry County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 15.3% (806 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 25
--- Korean War: 40
--- Vietnam War: 324
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 303
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 196
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#10. James City County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 15.5% (9,318 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 265
--- Korean War: 770
--- Vietnam War: 3,386
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 3,064
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 2,633
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#9. Chesapeake

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 15.5% (27,280 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 251
--- Korean War: 763
--- Vietnam War: 6,696
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 11,875
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 11,725
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#8. Poquoson

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 16.2% (1,502 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 8
--- Korean War: 38
--- Vietnam War: 669
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 488
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 551
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#7. Suffolk

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 16.7% (11,253 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 52
--- Korean War: 221
--- Vietnam War: 2,515
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 4,922
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 4,915
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#6. King George County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 16.8% (3,286 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 7
--- Korean War: 105
--- Vietnam War: 712
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 1,586
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 1,416
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#5. Virginia Beach

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 17.7% (58,308 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 702
--- Korean War: 2,218
--- Vietnam War: 14,949
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 25,786
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 25,601
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#4. Prince George County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 18.2% (5,101 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 9
--- Korean War: 137
--- Vietnam War: 1,133
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 1,589
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 2,399
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#3. Hampton

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 18.3% (18,551 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 180
--- Korean War: 741
--- Vietnam War: 4,417
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 6,394
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 7,920
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#2. York County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 18.9% (9,040 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 101
--- Korean War: 342
--- Vietnam War: 2,423
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 4,590
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 3,798
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#1. Stafford County

- Percent of residents that are veterans: 19.4% (20,844 veterans)
- Veterans by war:
--- World War II: 109
--- Korean War: 416
--- Vietnam War: 3,414
--- Gulf War (08/1990 to 08/2001): 11,263
--- Gulf War (09/2002 or later): 11,056

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